It can be very disorienting to read a twitter feed. This morning most every tweet has something to do with the Boston Marathon bombers manhunt, quotes from police scanners, from relatives of the two men, from people in lockdown in their homes, and then along comes...
"Intriqued by the idea of popcorn ice cream? Check out DC's secret supper club."
Lots of people out in DC are on Twitter, everyone from politicians to political junkies to food truck owners to sports figures. So Evan Carmichael put together a list of the 100 most prolific DC twitterers, those who tweet most often. Number one?
Marilyn Monroe. Someone who says, "not affiliated in anyway with Marilyn Monroe" tweets about life, love and relationships. She or he has almost half a million followers.
The entire list is here and includes many recognizable names from the news. I follow a number of these and will probably add a few more although the political tweets by news people and politicians gets rather repetitive.
The Honest Toddler is on Twitter, a cute little dark haired toddler who lets us in on his experiences with other babies, his parents, food, sleep, love of red drinks and crackers and sleeping in the big bed. Last night his parents must have been watching The Sound of Music on ABC and his tweets about the movie had me laughing and identifying.
1. Hour 6 of The Sound of Music. The children dressed as American Girl Dolls chased off the babysitter.
2. This lady just quit. Mid-shift. Put on her dress made of throw pillow material, grabbed her (stolen?) guitar and split.
3. This movie would be better if they animated it and replaced every song with an explosion.
4. I know I'm not one to speak as 99% of my clothes are from the $4 table at Target, but why are these kids dressed head to toe in Goodwill?
5. They have a big house and seem rich but they look like they've skipped several meals.
6. New mommy in the Sound of Music kind of reminds me of the witch from Tangled. Different hair. Same face.
7. Hour 14 of The Sound of Music. Instead of firing the babysitter, this man promotes her to mommy. I give up.
8. yay another song
9. Someone please get that youngest Von Trapp child some red drink
10. Feel bad that the kids have to wear dress shoes all day. Live in a mansion but can't afford 7 pairs of Crocs. It's called a budget.
11. MANAGE YOUR FINANCES MR VON TRAPP YOUR FAMILY IS IN SHAMBLES!!
12. Oh no. Oh no. They can't afford their lifestyle and are fleeing in the night.
13. Kids are walking behind the car. No $$ for gas. So sad.
14. Mr. Von Trapp's solo. Dressed like Captain Hook. Cool
15. Rather than pay down their debt they're on the run again. With no snacks.
16. Children cooperating in a time of crisis. This movie is not believable.
17. Ok now they're going to live off the land and eat wild salmon. This movie gets 0 out of five stars for wasting my life.
Last night while reading through my Twitter timeline I saw a discussion between Jonah Goldberg (@JonahRNO) and some others about him finally getting the valued blue check mark by his name. I had no idea what this was and did some checking on other people I follow and saw that some had the blue check mark and others did not. So what does it mean?
Turns out it means that Twitter has a policy of checking famous people to make sure their Twitter account is real. Often times celebrities, sports stars, politicians and media types get their names being used by someone else on Twitter. This of course can lead to all sorts of misinformation.
The blue check mark is a sign of verification that this person is the real deal.
Watching the debate in conjunction with Twitter was fun last night, even Dale had his iPad open to Twitter as the 90 minutes went on. He's a new fan of how much information and pithy insights and humor scrolls down from Twitter. Here are a few Tweets we talked about.
@amandacarpenter "Last night was really only the second time Obama has been held accountable. The first was the 2010 elections."
@Herminator Mark Hemingway "This wasn't a debate so much as Mitt Romney took Obama for a cross country drive strapped to the roof of his car."
@MZHemingway "All of a sudden that "late night talk show" and "The View" media strategy seems unwise."
@greggutfeld "Obama is now like a Best Buy employee trying to sell you something he cannot fully explain"